J.G. Hackett - The Sins of Science (VULP-0053)
Following recent Vulpiano Records single Bootleg Romanticism, here comes J.G. Hackett with his first album for the label in 3 years.
The Sins of Science is designed to be as overproduced as possible. My inspiration for this was Tears for Fears' 1989 album The Seeds of Love, which has always been one of my absolute favourites.
The album is packed with glossy, infectious tunes that could all be potential radio hits. Indeed, the opener "Shadow Torture" is full of the kind of pomp you would expect from such a description, cinematic and glorious. "Our Last Chance" is wistful and more than a little Manic Street Preachers Lifeblood era-esque. "A Higher State" is mystical, a kind of neo-psychedelic, twinkling Talk Talk. "Feel the Pain" has an unusual structure, with a haunting and driving bassy riff repeating throughout despite the up-beat nature of the instrumentation otherwise - the lyrics tell the story properly: "You played with knives too often to care You build your soul with none to share You fade into the gray We’re never gonna make it - alright?" - while "Breaking" is a sweet and melodic bright piano tune.
"The Sins of Science" appears to be a call to question faith and devotion, and appeal to reality and sonically a great representation bringing together the whole of the album. The Sins of Science closes with "Homecoming", a warm and sentimental piece. All in all, the album is an incredible release from an independent artist and I am honored to have J.G. Hackett as part of the Vulpiano roster.
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